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Why New York Subway Lines Are Missing Countdown Clocks

“I honestly just wanted to know why the F train didn’t have clocks. I never expected it to be so complicated.”<p>There are people who stand every morning outside the Carroll Street station in Brooklyn staring dead-eyed into the middle distance. They stand still in ones and twos, clearly strangers to …

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You Wouldn't Think It, But Typeface Piracy Is a Big Problem

It’s safe to assume that most people have no idea that fonts, like music or movies, are protected by intellectual property laws, they usually come …

Where Ideas Actually Come From

A thunderbolt of inspiration? Try again. One entrepreneur describes the long slog that led to his big idea.<p>There’s a popular notion in tech lore of the lone genius who’s struck by a lightning bolt of inspiration and out pops a brilliant product idea, fully formed and crystal clear. Sure, that might …

No UI is the New UI

<i>On the rise of UI-less apps and why you should<br>care about them as a designer.</i><p>October 23, 2015 • 8 minutes read<p>A couple of months ago, I shared with my …

What is creativity?

tl;dr: Stop worrying. Start pondering.<p><b>Creativity is a coping mechanism.</b><p>When we are feeling down, or lost, or frustrated, our minds begin plotting …

13 Principles of Effective Design Teams

The U in Team<p><i>This post is repurposed from my book</i> <b>Designing Together: The Collaboration and Conflict Management Handbook for Creative Professionals</b><i>. I</i> …

100% Clever, 0% Hired

“Photoshop: 85%,” this makes 0% sense to me which is to say, none-at-all. And since when in the hell is Photoshop a skill?<p>In the last 25 years, I …